July 22, 2024

Perforated: A Minimal WordPress Theme

We’re proud to release our first WordPress theme for WDL Premium Members. It’s called Perforated, and features a super sleek design and layout that doesn’t get in the way of your content. This theme only uses 4 images with a combined file size of 16 kb. Now that’s minimal. Perforated will be part of our “Minimal Series” of themes, where the focus will be on typography and clean layout. We are also working on a “Textured Series” that will be part of our monthly release of new WordPress themes.

Live Demo of Perforated

Click the image for a live demo.


Things to Know About Perforated

  • Designed to use threaded comments
  • Widget ready
  • For best post formatting results, use a 620px wide “feature image” at the top of each post

Download the Theme

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If you have any questions about using this theme, just leave a comment on this post.


Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

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  1. Brandon Cox Reply

    Quite nice! Would love to use it on a particular blog, but hate to backtrack and re-work the code again. Great stuff! So far, I’ve felt the premium membership is worth it, just for the learning!

  2. Henry Reply

    @mktabor – Thanks. Glad you like it.

    @Billy Tamplin – I’ll take that as a compliment 🙂

    @Brandon Cox – That’s great! I’m glad you are liking the premium content. I might be a little biased, but I think it’s easy to see that the value of what we are delivering each month is worth far more than $7.

  3. James Polits Reply

    Great theme! It’s more definitely worth the subscription.

    However, I am having a couple issues figuring out your method for dealing with the images. If you could help or had a help file to direct me to, that would be awesome!

  4. Henry Reply

    @James Polits – Glad you like the theme. The resizing of the images are handled in the style sheet. On the home page, an image in the most recent post will be displayed at full size, but an image in the previous posts are sized down proportionally to a width of 285px. For the theme to look it’s best, it would be ideal to include a 620px wide image at the top of each post like I’ve done in the live demo. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  5. Ethan Reply

    Beautiful theme. Quick question… Does it come with more than one layout option (i.e. not magazine-ish, but two-column in a series of posts like the first one)?

  6. Henry Reply

    @Ethan – Right now there is only one layout option. However, as we release themes and get feedback on each, we will make changes/additions and release updates.

  7. Robert Johnson Reply

    I get the following error whenever I update/add a post or edit my profile…

    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/…/perforated/functions.php:8) in /home/…/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 865

  8. Henry Reply

    @Robert Johnson – Sorry about that. A bug slipped through in the latest update. It should be fixed now. Directly above the post body editor, there are several icons that allow you to insert media. The first icon is for inserting an image. Hope that helps, and let me know if you run into any more problems.

  9. Henry Reply

    @WebdesignEssex – Yes. The theme can handle posts without images just fine. We all know that images can really enhance the appearance of a post, but you’re right, sometimes it is hard to find an image for every article. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  10. Joe Tower Reply

    This is a great minimal theme. You guys have an invaluable blog and I appreciate all the time put in to the consistent level of quality in posts.

    Actually, this theme it’s the reason I decided to subscribe to the Premium membership. I was intrigued by the way the loop was being called-in on the homepage, which leads me to my question..

    Will the pagination function still work with custom permalinks enabled? Meaning, will it apply the same styling (large single post loop and two-column four post loop) to the archived “older posts” paginated pages with a custom permalink structure?

    I notice the demo theme has the default link structure. With the research I’ve done so far, I haven’t found a favorable answer to the permalink issue.

    I’ve played around with calling-in multiple loops in a similar fashion, but am a novice when it comes to PHP. Steadily learning though.

    Anyway, I figured I’d ask here before I start testing it myself.

    Thank you kindly and keep up the stellar Premium content.


    1. Henry Reply

      @Joe Tower: I’m glad you like the theme and the other premium content we’ve been delivering.

      Using a custom structure for your permalinks won’t cause any problems with the way the posts are displayed. In fact, we use the same type of technique here on WDL and also use custom permalinks.

      Let me know if you have any more questions.

  11. Chris Scelza Reply

    I have some issues with the secondary post images resizing horizontally only (look vertically stretched), and a solid border around all images.

    I fixed the secondary posts with a height: auto; below the width: 265; which is cool. No idea about the border, though. WebDevToolbar is my friend, but it’s not pointing out anything yet.

    Anyone else getting this?

  12. @todayinart Reply

    @Chris Scelza: The border is probably coming from images that have links on them. I had the same thing happening in Firefox on Mac. You can fix using this style:

    a img {border:none}

    hope that helps.

  13. @todayinart Reply

    One more thing. If you use youtube videos in your posts you may want to add something like this to the stylesheet to reduce the size of the videos on the front page:

    .secondaryPost embed, .secondaryPost object {

    tested in: Mac – Firefox and Safari Windows 7 – IE7 and IE8

    Thanks again Henry for the awesome theme!!

  14. Marius Hepp Reply

    Hey, that theme looks awesome. I’d like to have closer look but the demo doesn’t work. Is the theme not available anymore?

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